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The tale behind the racist reactions to “Black Panther” in Asia

The tale behind the racist reactions to “Black Panther” in Asia

Within the run-up to your launch of Marvel’s Ebony Panther in Asia weekend that is last pundits warned that the film could just aspire to, at the best, match Ant-Man’s opening in the area ($43 million). “The themes of many movies with mostly black colored casts will never be of great interest to Chinese audiences, ” USC professor and Asia expert Stanley Rosen pronounced, assuring Deadline that the movie would underperform.

And yet when Black Panther finally made landfall in Asia, it blew past all predictions, having a $67 million opening—up there with some of Marvel’s long-running, well-established cinematic franchises, such as Avengers: chronilogical age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

This success that is“surprise despite a persistent news narrative with ugly implications, both for China and Hollywood: That Chinese racism will destroy any opportunity for success for a movie with black leads.

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